While driver and rider matching service Uber continues to operate in London pending its appeal against Transport for London declining to renew its operator’s licence, information comes to hand showing that TfL knew there were problems with Uber and Private Hire regulations in early 2014. It also shows that Uber were deliberately bypassing TfL and lobbying the Government and its agencies directly.
What went on in late 2013 to provoke the events which are covered in this post was serious enough for Uber in California to press the panic button. How serious can be seen from an email sent by Cliff Llewellyn of TfL to Jo Bertram of Uber in London. It stated unequivocally that Uber, as it was then operating, was breaking the law.